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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Dewey, May 13, 2020.
2 Gibbies and 1 anodized pickguard on a JM partscaster..
I like this John Player Special look
Even from underneath:
0000 steel wool dipped in windex and you can rub down the gloss and dull down the bright gold. I’d remove the hardware to do this.
I'm not a fan of gold hardware per se, but I certainly like it on my Mexican Deluxe Strat. I changed all the hardware last year to upgrade to Wilkinson, but despite 20+ years of quite heavy playwear it was actually in very good condition - so much so that I pretty much covered my costs selling the old hardware on eBay. I may be biased, but I do think blond and gold is a classy look.
As most people have said, on a Les Paul Black Beauty it is mandatory. On a Mary Kaye Strat it looks right. On a white SG with three pickups it kind of works too.
For me, if the gold is pale, it looks better than too rich - yellow as opposed to orange.
The only guitar I've got with gold hardware is my sunburst partscaster relic, and the faded and crusty hardware was the chunk I bought first. I haven't got any pictures and the guitar is in storage now, but picture a knackered sunburst body, a tortoiseshell pickguard, faded white pickup covers and knobs and a left handed maple neck. It's a bit of a homage to the Strat that Dweezil Zappa built that previously belonged to Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix before that. I'd got the hardware, the body and the electrics before I realised what I was building!
didn't think I would but love the gold on my srv strat
Those tuners are amazing, what are they?
“Gold” hardware doesn’t bother me, however it’s not my first choice. The tarnish over the years can feel rough if you rest your palm on the trem or bridge ... so I guess it bothers me a little.
Here is mine. Fiesta Red, Bird's Eye maple neck and gold hardware (think HBM!).
No gold hardware.
This is my main Strat, built in 2007.
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Gold is softer than other materials, so it will wear off more quickly, and guitar manufacturers generally save money by having it applied very thin. Wax it. Clean it frequently (sweat won't corrode gold directly, but it will access the metals beneath the plating and corrode those, flaking the gold off in the process). Never use "polishes" on gold; you'll just wear it off. Wax it (did I say that? Use carnauba wax in the one-pound tin for best results).
I cleaned up the original hardware from my MIM Deluxe when I removed it to sell on eBay. Beforehand, the trem look hideous. Afterwards, it actually cleaned up very nicely indeed. The gold had aged to a more yellowish shade, but after 20 years it cleaned up beautifully and the plating hadn't worn through, except on the body of the vintage style tuners. The black saddle adjustment screws on the bridge were actually the worst part, they were pretty rusty.
Is taken a lot of getting used to the brand new, more orange-y Wilkinson hardware I've replaced it with.
Gold doesn't get a patina. 5000 year old mummies have gold that looks exactly as it did when they were buried. Doesn't change color, either. Never use polishes on gold plating. It'll just help it wear off.
Worn gold can't be brought back to life, but the bits and pieces can be replated. I noticed a jewelry store replating earlier in the thread. I've used industrial platers to do the same thing (cheaper, usually, and a thicker plate).
I like to mix and match.
I have that exact same guitar. I have never been a fan of gold hardware, but it just looks right on that particular guitar in that particular color.
I don't really love gold on guitars myself, but I understand that sometimes you want a flashy guitar that's just a bit extra. And why not? Live a little bit.
No one should ever play a guitar with gold hardware if they don’t have at least one gold tooth.